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April 21, 2022

337 S. ORANGE ST, NEWARK NJ 07103 ~ 973-623-0258

What's happening at St Antoninus?

This Sunday:
√ DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (Octave of Easter)
There are two Masses:
  • 8 am in Rectory Chapel
  • 10 am in Main Church (sung Mass).
9am is Holy Hour with Confessions.
More inside.

√ Inside, see Fr Joseph's pastoral letter on Divine Mercy Sunday.

√ Divine Mercy Eucharistic Vigil in the rectory chapel- from 6-9pm this Saturday April 23. This is a great way to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday.We will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet & the last day of novena, as well as some really beautiful prayers derived from the Diary of St Faustina. Come in person. If it is not possible, join us on zoom.
See inside for downloadable prayers.

Divine Mercy Novena . For those who did not get to catch up on the ongoing Divine Mercy Novena in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday (novena started last Good Friday and ending this Saturday during our Divine Mercy prayer vigil), you can just go over each of the missed day before your pray Chaplet. Here is a downloadable copy of the Divine Mercy Novena.
The Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit at St Antoninus. If you have not viewed this highly inspiring and beautiful display, please do so. We only have until this Sunday for this exhibit. See more inside, including Fr Joseph's letter regarding this exhibit.

Real Love Ministries fellowship meeting will be next Saturday (and every last Saturday of this month) , April 30, between 5-7pm, in the lower rectory meeting room. Fr. Albert Nzeh will speak on "Real Love Demands Total Commitment" (John 21:15.
For those joining on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 291 928 2319
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Heads up! Our TENT REVIVAL IN THE HOLY SPIRIT is set for May 20-21 (Fri & Saturday). This is our Weekend Life in the Spirit Seminar to prepare us for Pentecost. More information will be given out in the coming days.

Our deepest condolence to Pearl "Lynette" Friday who lost her twin sister, Merle Lyn last April 16, on Holy Saturday. A Memorial Mass is set for May 14, 2022 @ 12 noon. More information will be posted next week.
Eternal repose grant unto Merle Lyn, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in the Lord's peace. Amen.

Watch some very special Divine Mercy Sunday videos inside.

√ Please make your EASTER OFFERING to Jesus on behalf of St Antoninus Church. Your offering is important and deeply appreciated. We need it for our parish to continue our mission. Offering links below. Thank you and God bless you.

This Sunday!

Letter from
Fr. Joseph:

Brothers and sisters,

Most of our lives are spent simply doing what we need to do to accomplish the task at hand, as we (hopefully) put our trust in the Lord along the way. 

But, in God’s mercy He provides special times and seasons of increased grace for spiritual breakthroughs and to give us that particular encouragement we most need in the Lord. The eight days of the Easter Octave that we are now in, are one of those unique opportunities of grace, and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave Day itself, is an opportunity of the highest manner. 

On this day alone, a one-of-a-kind grace is offered. It is a day when the flood gates of Divine Mercy are opened up to all who will come to Him in the manner that He asks – most fundamentally, “with complete trust.”

For whosoever, on this day, will receive Our Eucharistic Lord in a state of grace, i.e., having repented of all serious and venial sins, and gone to confession (any time in the past week or so), prior to reception of Holy Communion that Sunday, the grace they will receive as they put their trust in the Lord, will be as if they were just baptized!

 All is made new! This is greater than the strengthening of virtue, which is given with Confession alone. 

On Divine Mercy Sunday, all of the temporal punishments due to sin are completely removed. Child-like innocence is restored, a special grace of overcoming habits of sin is made available, and a new invitation to intimacy with Our Lord is given. ( Read the article below on the extraordinary graces promised on Divine Mercy Sunday)
If you are like me, you missed some of the graces God offered us this Lent and Holy Week. Do not despair, before us is an even greater opportunity. 

May the Lord grant you and me the openness of heart that is needed to receive all that He wants for us this coming Divine Mercy Sunday.

You remain in my prayers. Please keep me in yours.

In Jesus thru Mary and St Joseph,
Fr Joseph
Octave of Easter
April 24, 2022

8 am Holy Mass in the Rectory Chapel
9 am- Holy Hour in Main Church

10 am- Holy Mass in Main Church

Live-streaming only for 10am Mass

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What is the Difference between the Extraordinary Graces Promised by Jesus on Divine Mercy Sunday, as Compared to Plenary Indulgence?

The main difference, of course, is that an "indulgence" is something offered to the faithful by the Church, as the keeper of the keys of the kingdom, with authority to "bind and loose" ( Mt 16:17-19). The special graces of Divine Mercy Sunday, on the other hand, were promised directly by our Lord, through a prophetic revelation given to St. Faustina (see Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 699).

Briefly, here are the other main differences between the "special graces" promised by Jesus for Divine Mercy Sunday, and the plenary indulgence offered by the Church for special devotions to the Divine Mercy on Mercy Sunday:

1) To receive special graces that our Lord promised for Divine Mercy Sunday, the only condition is to receive Holy Communion worthily on Divine Mercy Sunday (or the Vigil celebration) by making a good Confession beforehand and staying in the state of grace and trusting in His Divine Mercy. Any plenary indulgence granted by the Church, on the other hand, involves the fulfillment of a number of conditions, including prayer for the Holy Father's intentions, Confession and Holy Eucharist, and the carrying out of the special indulgenced work (in this case: participating in public devotions to the Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday itself).

2) The special graces promised by our Lord for Divine Mercy Sunday can be received by a soul in a state of grace, but with imperfect love for God, and imperfect contrition for sin- as long as the soul merely trusts in the mercy of God, and clings to Him because of His promised benefits. A plenary indulgence, however, can only be obtained through the performance of an indulgenced work as an expression of pure love for God. If the intentions of one's indulgenced work are not pure (say, the work is done in part out of fear of hell or purgatory, and loathing for oneself - or the desire to impress one's friends and relatives! - rather than purely out of love for God) then the indulgence obtained will be only partial, not plenary.

3) The special graces that our Lord promised for Mercy Sunday can only be received for oneself, through the devout reception of Holy Communion on Mercy Sunday (as stated in #1 above). A plenary indulgence, however, can be offered for oneself, or for souls suffering in purgatory.

4) The most special grace promised by our Lord for Mercy Sunday is nothing less than the equivalent of a complete renewal of baptismal grace in the soul: "complete forgiveness (remission) of sins and punishment." Such a measure of grace can only be received otherwise through baptism itself, or through making a sacramental confession as an act of perfect contrition for sin, out of pure love for God.

Robert Stackpole, STD, is director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.
Divine Mercy and the Doubting Thomas

It is hard to imagine how St. Thomas must have felt when the other apostles told him they had seen Jesus, risen and alive. His reply in John’s Gospel sheds some light on the anger and hurt filling his heart, as he stubbornly protests believing in Jesus’ resurrection until he could see and touch the wounds from the crucifixion. The week he spent wrestling with his own heart, and the testimonies of the other apostles, perhaps wore down his stubbornness enough so that he was present the following Sunday when Jesus appeared again. He would not have remained with the apostles if he absolutely refused to believe.

Somewhere in his heart, he was still hopeful.Isn’t that the same for all of us, especially when we are faced with the crosses of life? Suffering can be downplayed or dismissed, but there is nothing simple, easy, or glamorous about it, no matter what it is. There is true ugliness in our world and we all have come face to face with it, in one way or another, but even in our moments of deepest agony or turmoil, there is something in us that still clings to hope. 

It is in this place that St. Thomas encounters the Risen Lord. Jesus could have appeared to St. Thomas and berated him for his unbelief, possibly sending him away from the apostles for his hardness of heart. But, rather than exercise Divine Justice—which is Jesus’ right as God—Jesus abundantly pours Divine Mercy upon him.

Read the full article . Click here.
This Sunday's Bulletin
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Join us at our Divine Mercy Eucharistic Vigil this Saturday, April 23 from 6-9pm in the rectory chapel.

This is a great way to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday.We will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet & the last day of novena, as well as some really beautiful prayers derived from the Diary of St Faustina.

Come in person. If this is not possible, you can join us via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 823 8386 9993
Passcode: Rosary
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Download the vigil prayers here for those on Zoom.
If you have not viewed this highly inspiring and beautiful "Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit at St Antoninus", please do so. We only have until this Sunday for this exhibit. Below are some images of this display. See Fr Joseph's letter regarding our exhibit below.
A letter from Fr Joseph:

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday!
It is the Octave of Easter, the great feast of Mercy of God, and the celebration of the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Jesus.
How fitting that here at St Antoninus we currently have the Vatican exhibit of the many Eucharistic Miracles throughout the world.
I strongly encourage everyone to take some time to come to the main church and prayerfully read the stories of these Eucharistic Miracles. We will also have a sample of them in the rectory during the week. Your faith in the Real Presence will certainly increase as a result. The exhibit in the church has been set up along the side aisles. It‘s not too late.
We have a few more days to enjoy the presentation, which is on loan to St Antoninus through Divine Mercy Sunday. The exhibit is open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. and on Sunday, before or after our Divine Mercy Mass. You are welcome to come during the week and have a private viewing. Just call the rectory 908-531-9424 to schedule this.   
More on the exhibit
This is the Vatican international exhibit, “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World”, It is a display of 75 placards presenting historical descriptions and photos of 65 Church-approved Eucharistic miracles that have taken place throughout the ages in various parts of the world.
The placards — some explaining miracles across two panels — show images and describe each Eucharistic Miracle, such as the following:
• Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for more than 250 years in Siena, Italy in 1730. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain the phenomena.
• In 1345 in Amsterdam, Holland, a Consecrated Host was thrown into a fire overnight and was miraculously unscathed.
• A German priest, in Bolsena-Orvieta, Italy, had difficulties believing in the Real Presence. As he celebrated Mass above the tomb of St. Christina, blood began seeping out of the Host during the Consecration. Because of this miracle, Pope Urban IV commissioned the feast of Corpus Christi, which is still celebrated today in June.
At every Mass, there is a Eucharistic Miracle as the bread and wine truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.
 So what is the point of showing these the physically manifested Eucharistic Miracles? Because, the visible miraculous occurrences can strengthen our faith and love for the Eucharist.
The Catholic Church teaches that, when the words of Consecration are spoken at Mass, the substance of the bread and wine are transformed into the substance of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. This is what we call “Transubstantiation.”
Ordinarily the Sacred Species of what has become the Body and Blood of Christ, retains the appearance and all the properties of ordinary unleavened bread and wine. They still look and taste like bread and wine after the Consecration. Obviously, this is a miracle in itself.
However, a Eucharistic Miracle, in the sense we are describing, is when even the appearance and the physical properties manifest something very miraculous in the physical realm. In many of these cases the appearance and the properties become visibly flesh and blood.
The Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit focuses on those extraordinary times when that what has taken place in every Mass, have also been physically changed and in some cases even manifest the visible and anatomical properties of human flesh and blood in a manner that has baffled scientists.
The exhibit represents the culmination of the work of Blessed Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager who spent years documenting the many Church-approved Eucharistic miracles from the eighth century to the present day. Blessed Carlo died from acute leukemia at age 15, but his short life was marked by deep love for the Eucharist, which he called “my highway to heaven.”
Come and see the exhibit , open this Saturday April 23 (1-5pm) & Sunday before and after Our Divine Mass on Sunday.
Watch the videos below on the Eucharistic Miracles from different parts of the world, as well as about Blessed Carlo Acutis.

In Jesus, thru Mary & St Joseph,
Fr Joseph


Videos on Eucharistic miracles:

" Inspired By Carlo Acutis - Scientific Evidence of Eucharistic Miracles." Watch here

" Eucharistic Miracles" by Carlo Acutis. Watch here

Fr Chris Alar: :Explaining the Faith - Eucharistic Miracles: Scientific Proof." Watch here

Brief Video Presentations

Brief introduction to The Feast of Divine Mercy by Fr Chris Alar, MIC:

Full Episode of The Feast of Divine Mercy  Portions from talks by: Fr Seraphim Michalenko, Fr Andrew Apostoli, Dr Scott Hah, Dr. Brian Thatcher, and Fr Chris Alar (Classic edition, 2016)

"Divine Mercy Sunday – a whole ocean of graces": A talk by Sr. Gaudia Skass - Evenings with the Merciful Jesus.

If you have not watched this, please do so. And if you have watched it in the past, watch it again for even more blessing!
Jesus, I trust in You!

Every Wednesday night- our Holy Spirit midweek refreshment! ( No Prayer Meeting this Wednesday)


For those who cannot join us in person , join us via Zoom.

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Tuesday nights!
Scripture Study
We have added a video series by Dr. Brant Pitre to our Tuesday Night Scripture Study. Join us in person and on Zoom! Start with the Rosary at 7pm (Rosary every nite at 7pm), then the Scripture Study starts at 8pm.
A note about Dr Pitre:

Dr Brant Pitre is a renowned & insightful Bible scholar.

What blessing it is to listen to Dr Pitre's study on the Mass readings, to " be instructed in the Old Testament background of the Gospel, the Jewish rabbinical tradition, the testimony and interpretation of the early Church Fathers, the Church's magisterial teaching, and the personal insights of a leading Catholic Scripture scholar.
Dr. Pitre makes the Scripture come alive, and his love for God's Word comes through loud and clear. He communicates profound insights into Scripture in a manner available to everyone, from the beginner to the accomplished student or scholar"
Fr. Miles Walsh, S.T.D.

The discussions following the video presentation is led by our own Fr Peter Okafor.

Below: our "Hybrid" Scripture Class is now both in person and via Zoom. Join us every Tuesday night at 8pm.
For those who can only join via Zoom, here is the link:
(Same link for Rosary & Prayer Meeting)

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9am to 8pm 
Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.
Could you not watch with me one hour?
Mark 14: 40b
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St Antoninus Church
337 S. Orange Ave, Newark NJ 07103
Thank you and God bless you!"
337 South Orange Ave, Newark NJ 07103 
Rev. Joseph A. Meagher (Pastor)